News round-up: Artificial intelligence here, there and everywhere

Quest Solution Inc, provides supply chain and artificial intelligence (AI) based machine vision solutions. It has been awarded a project by a leading supply chain and logistics provider in...

Quest Solution Inc, provides supply chain and artificial intelligence (AI) based machine vision solutions. It has been awarded a project by a leading supply chain and logistics provider in the US. The release doesn’t detail who the leading supply chain provider is, but it does reveal that the project is valued at around $US7 million.

A patent that will allow for a robot to live at your home and handle your deliveries has been filed by Amazon. The patent outlines plans for a robot that will completely transform last mile delivery capabilities, even potentially delivering packages in the early hours between 2am and 6am.

Back to AI, NFI Industries and Transplace are paying attention to this technology through partnerships with firms that add AI capabilities to transportation and distribution. Both companies have announced a partnership with Noodle.ai with the goal of enhancing logistics services and technology capabilities.

In a video interview with CNBC, Lance Fritz, the CEO of Union Pacific, is concerned that supply chain disruption won’t return to normal. He believes the biggest concern lies in trade and that the challenges with China should be resolved as soon as possible.

In an interview with Sky News, Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board member responsible for Mini and Rolls Royce, has said that the firm will need to think about moving production from the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Remaining would be too costly for the organisation and some production would move to countries like Austria. Toyota shares similar concerns with Johan van Zyl, head of Toyota’s European operations, telling the BBC that Brexit hurdles would ‘undermine Toyota’s competitiveness’.

Blockchain remains an interesting solution for many in the supply chain and Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC) has recently started working with NYK, a Japanese shopping company, and BHP, a mining company, to establish a sustainable biofuel supply chain using BLOC’s blockchain fuel assurance platform.

Also in the news: HighJump, a global supply chain solutions provider, awarded five women in its Top Women Leaders in Supply Chain awards; Cryptobriefings Kiana Danial examines whether VeChain can deliver a supply chain solution; Apple releases a supply chain document that reveals how iPhone, airpods and other products are all zero waste; and SIGTTO GM, Andrew Clifton, looks to the LNG supply chain.

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